Councillor backing bid to end bin blight
GOVERNMENT minister Eric Pickles' bid to end 'bin blight' on Britain's streets has been welcomed by a Tiverton town councillor who has campaigned for better provision of recycling bins and boxes.
Cllr Tony Hendy, a letting agent, says he receives many complaints from tenants about the lack of space to put waste for collection.
Communities secretary Mr Pickles said this month there were too many wheelie bins and recycling boxes cluttering pavements and planning guidelines would be introduced to encourage developers to create designated space in developments to store them.
Updated planning guidance about bin storage now states that every new home should have space for all the bins demanded by a council.
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Mr Pickles said: "Badly-placed wheelie bins and the proliferation of multiple bins have created a blot on the landscape. In roads up and down the country, ugly bin clutter has ruined the street scene and the look of people's homes and gardens.
"By ensuring that developers create appropriate waste storage areas when designing new homes, we can tackle the ghastly gauntlet of bin-blighted streets and driveways."
Cllr Hendy has suggested creating a communal rubbish dump, as can be seen in towns on the continent.
Cllr Hendy said: "The town council voted in favour and lots of people indicated to me that it was a good idea, but it was never taken forward by the district council."
Under the proposal, Mid Devon District Council would have been required to give up car-parking space to site the rubbish depot, which could be used by householders without the room to place bins outside their homes.
Cllr Hendy said: "Mr Pickles is right. There is nowhere to put rubbish and it makes towns look very untidy. It's not just a problem in Tiverton, but everywhere."
"Some of my tenants get quite angry. It is not that people don't want to recycle. they just physically can't because they may live in a block of flats and there is just not enough space for everyone's rubbish."